Indonesia says crew action caused crashed AirAsia jet to lose control

Reuters News
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Posted: Dec 01, 2015 2:08 AM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian investigators said on Tuesday that crew action caused a loss of control and the stalling of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 aboard.

The plane's flight control computer had a cracked solder joint that malfunctioned repeatedly, including four times during the flight, and 23 times the previous year.

"Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to control the aircraft ... causing the aircraft to depart from the normal flight envelope and enter a prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the flight crew to recover," the national transport safety committee said in a statement.

The Airbus A320 aircraft crashed less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Dec. 28 last year.

(Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor and Fergus Jensen; Writing by Michael Taylor; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)